New social and affordable housing will be delivered following approval of a new development project at Tweed Heads, supporting almost 55 jobs during construction.

The Northern Regional Planning Panel has approved a development application to build 40 new homes on more than 2,000 square metres at 33-35 Boyd Street.

Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said the project aligns with the NSW Government’s broader North Coast Regional Plan 2036 which seeks to grow Tweed Heads as a regional city, and better integrate the area with South East Queensland and its ‘twin town’ Coolangatta.

“The seven-story building will comprise 24 two-bedroom units and 16 one-bedroom units, to support about 50 tenants when finished, with four of these units designed to be accessible and inclusive for future needs of residents,” Mr Provest said.

“This development by the NSW Land and Housing Corporation is also expected to support about 55 equivalent full-time construction jobs, to give the Tweed economy a timely boost.”

Minister for Water, Housing and Property Melinda Pavey said the high-quality development is centrally located 500m from the Tweed Heads CBD, includes 39 car-parking and 15 bicycle-parking spaces and will connect tenants to a ground-level, communal open space.

“The approval of this well-designed and considered development is an important step that’s helping to address ongoing housing affordability issues in the Tweed area,” Mrs Pavey said.

The project is another example of the NSW Government’s ongoing investment in revitalising regional communities, by delivering high-quality, well-designed, housing.

“The building is designed to complement and enhance the locality’s character while addressing the rising demand for social housing in the region,” Mrs Pavey said.

LAHC will issue a tender in July, with construction expected to begin in late 2020 and finish in mid-2022.

On completion, the building will be managed by a community housing provider.